Tea parties can be loads of fun, and a perfect way to catch up with friends, and neither do they have to be just "little-girl-pretty-princess" teas. I love looking through the "Teatime Bliss" and other such magazines and getting inspiration for my next big tea. Actually, I had a high tea last summer, next time I imagine more of a simple tea and scones with lawn games, or maybe an ice cream social and pie swap ~ wouldn't that be such fun!
Do any of you collect tea cups? I think it would be a lovely thing to collect, but I don't know if I will ever start. At least it would be a useful collection, but I wouldn't want to get more than I could use. My favorite are the beautifully floral cups, I can just see them sitting at a little outdoor table scape, set for a few close friends.
As for putting in those tea cups, I've used to never really like tea (how horrible for me to say - a girl of all things vintage! ;). But I have found that a not so strong brew fits me just fine! I also like the look of puting the soup in a larger tea cup for a nice luncheon! We also found a recipe for a sweet tea that is also good for kids that don't usually drink normal tea or for anyone with more of a sweet tooth that day:
1 3/4 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Sweetened lemonade mix
1 Cup Powdered Orange mix - Tang
1/2 Cup Instant tea
1/2 t. Cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves
Mix, store in air-tight container.
To serve: Add 3-4 t. to 1 cup of hot water, or 1/2 Cup of powder to 7 cups of water.
Also, find some tea etiquette at Tea Laden. I find it interesting that somehow holding the pinkie out while sipping tea became the way everyone thinks they should do it - it is not! Actually the opposite, it can be considered improper and rude! :-o Of course, most gathering with friends do not have to be so proper, but just more of a nice time with loved ones.
Enjoy your tea time dear readers!